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Volume 26, Issue 22: May 23, 2023

Steve H. Hanke (National Review)
The human condition lies on a vast spectrum between “miserable” and “happy.” Which is why we need Hanke’s Annual Misery Index (HAMI) to rank the world’s countries. Care to guess where America lands? READ MORE »

Richard K. Vedder (James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal)
American higher education is in great trouble. Most depressing problem? Commitment to free expression is in steep decline—except at the new University of Austin (UATX). Yes, keep your eye on this ball. READ MORE »

Lee E. Ohanian (California on Your Mind)
Prestige commercial addresses in San Francisco are now selling at 75 percent less, on a per-square-foot basis, than they sold pre-pandemic. Add in surging crime and proliferating homelessness, and you have, in the not-too-distant future, the end of America’s most beautiful city. What can be done? (Actually, there is something.) READ MORE »

Michael C. Munger (American Institute for Economic Research)
Does driving on the road make you a hypocrite as a critic of big government? No. Classical liberals don't have to pump the brakes when using public roads. READ MORE »

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